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Dennis Brown tribute concert to be held March 17

Dennis BrownThe much anticipated tribute concert honoring late Reggae legend, Dennis Brown will finally get underway on Sunday after weeks of postponements due to sponsorship and security issues.

On March 17, a big crowd is expected for the tribute concert, which will take place along the Kingston Waterfront/Ocean Blvd. In downtown Kingston. It is the fifth edition of the event, initially started by the Dennis Emmanuel Brown Trust, the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA), Leggo Records and Sounds & Pressure in 2009 on Orange St., where the ‘Crown Prince of Reggae’ was born in 1957.

The tribute concert was initially set to commence in February to kick off Reggae Month, a celebratory month dedicated to many of Jamaica’s iconic Reggae musicians. The concert was pushed back ays before the original Feb. 3 date, citing last minute sponsorship issues. It was then moved to Feb. 17. However, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), refused to give the go-ahead amidst security concerns.

Sunday’s concert, which will kick off at 5 p.m., will feature over 30 acts including Freddie McGregor, Tarrus Riley, Beres Hammond, Richie Stephens, Errol Dunkley, Iba Mahr and many more. A surprise guest artist will also headline the show.

Last year’s concert had approximately 10,000 patrons and organizers sa the event is not only to promote Brown’s legacy, but downtown Kingston as a possible attraction for tourists worldwide. Sponsors of the show include ZIP 103, RJR Communications Group, The Jamaica Tourist Board, Jamaica Music Society, IRIE FM and many more.

Brown is revered for producing classics such as Revolution, Money In My Pocket, Should I and Here I Come. He died in July 1999 at the tender age of 42 after battling pneumonia.

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Mr. Vegas to unveil double album during Reggae month

Jamaican-born International music star, Mr. Vegas fetes his homeland’s golden anniversary with a brand new double album that explores the past 50 years in Jamaican music.

Sweet Jamaica will be released in February; Jamaica’s national Reggae Month and features a range of music from the roots of Ska in the early 1960′s through the birth of Reggae and into today’s contemporary Dancehall-driven pop music culture. Sweet Jamaica will be released to digital and retail stores under his independently-owned MV Music imprint on Tuesday, February 21st.

The two discs, Sweet Jamaica Reggae and Sweet Jamaica Dancehall together feature over 30 tracks, including exclusive new material and some of Mr. Vegas’ recent smash singles. Sweet Jamaica Reggae is a fusion of Ska, Rocksteady, and foundation Reggae rhythms. Known for melodious style of deejaying or rapping Mr. Vegas’ abandons his usual ‘sing-jay’ mode and shows off his singing talent on remakes of Toots and the Maytals’ classic, Sweet and Dandy, and Alton Ellis’ Rocksteady cover of Brenda Holloway’s You Make Me Happy.

Sweet Jamaica Dancehall features Mr. Vegas’ typically energetic Dancehall delivery on recent Dancehall hits including the current dance-driven club banger Bruk It Down, the street anthem Certain Law and Beautiful Life. Sweet Jamaica Dancehall also includes a live version of his internationally acclaimed gospel-flavored single, I Am Blessed.

Sweet Jamaicais the best of Jamaican music – from the foundation until now. Jamaica celebrates 50 years of Independence this year, and I want to celebrate that by showcasing 50 years of Reggae,” says Clifford “Mr. Vegas” Smith.

“I am releasing this album in February, which is the month we celebrate Reggae in Jamaica and Black History in America. Reggae is such an important part of what makes Jamaica unique, it is our signature sound and Reggae is key part of our culture and our Jamaican brand. Reggae figures like Bob Marley and Dennis Brown – who were both born in February – are important figures in music history in the United States and throughout the world.”

Sweet Jamaica’s lead single, aptly titled Sweet Jamaica, hit #1 on Reggae charts in Europe and the United States last year, while the video peaked at #1 on the MTV BASE Dancehall Video chart.  The album’s second release, Certain Law also spent several weeks at #1 on the MTV BASE charts. Teairra Mari, Shaggy, Luciano, Nadine Sutherland, and Jovi Rockwell are among the list of musical guests on Sweet Jamaica.

MOBOaward-winning artist, Mr. Vegas, has been one of Jamaica’s leading international forces since his entry into the music industry in 1997. Over the past 15 years, he has built an extensive catalogue which includes Billboard charting hits, Heads High and Pull Up and urban radio bangers, Tek Weh Yuhself, Hot Wuk and Gallis. Sweet Jamaica is his fifth studio album.

Sweet Jamaicawill be released independently by Mr. Vegas’ MV Music label on Tuesday, February 21st. Production credits include Clifford “Mr. Vegas” Smith,  Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare, Cleveland “Clevie” Brown and Wycliffe “Steely” Johnson, Mikey Bennet, and Rohan Dwyer.

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